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The Centralian advocate Tue 28 Feb 2012



The Centralian advocate Tue 28 Feb 2012


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Nationwide News Pty. Limited

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Alice Springs


v. 66 no. 79

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Centralian Advocate, Tuesday, February 28, 2012 5 P U B : C A D V D A T E : 2 8 -F E B -2 0 1 2 P A G E : 5 C O L O R : C M Y K 3 0 3 5 0 2 /1 2 DJ Monty performing LIVE at the Gapview Hotel EVERY Thurs and Fri from March 1st!! Ph: (08) 8952 6578 Address: 123 Gap Rd Alice Springs NT 0870 2 3 3 5 0 2 /1 2 Over 18 event Starts 9.00pm Dress restrictions will apply NEWS Shock at number of youth suicides A REPORT that the NT has the highest youth suicide rate in the developed world, has Araluen MLA Robyn Lambley demanding to know what action the Territory Government is taking. Health and Families Minister Kon Vatskalis said: Our government is committing funds for suicide intervention and training targeting young people over the age of 15. This includes additional funding of $2.4 million in the next three years. The Australian Government provides and funds programs in response to young people with over $2 million annually so both the Federal and the NT Governments are aware of the problem and are trying to address it with significant intervention. Erin Jones Bashing victim: Town at boiling point Cameron Boon The Government has to do somethingONE of the three peoplebashed by a gang of teenagers at the old Melanka site fears if violent anti-social behaviour continues to plague Alice Springs, calls could intensify for the community to demand action. Chris Kupke was attacked, along with two other people, on Tuesday night. He said he wouldn t be part of any community justice, but he wouldnt be surprised to see it. He said: I had been playing lawn bowls at the Memo Club until 9pm and was walking home through the old Melanka site. There were about eight of them and they were between 10 and 18 years old. It was a robbery. There was a youth worker who drove past at and she called out to me and said shed take me home. We were pelted by rocks as we drove away. I wasnt going to make a police statement because nothing ever happens, but I was told if people make complaints, then eventually something will happen. Chris said he felt as if things were coming to a boiling point. Ive heard a lot of talk about people taking action to clean up the town. Karl Hampton and the government have to do something. I was an ambo for years. Im a volunteer now and it is simply getting out of hand. Dale Fletcher TOP: Chris Ord and Lisa Tamati run from Hermannsburg to Alice Springs on the weekend. INSET: Mayor Damien Ryan, Chris, Lisa and Charlie Maher who completed the last 20 kilometres of the run with the pair Runner close toRunner close to dying in agony ULTRA distance runner Chris Ord is lucky to be alive after collapsing in agony. Ord, who was partnering New Zealander Lisa Tamati, had covered about 90km of t h e 1 4 0 k m f r o m Hermannsburg to Alice Springs to retrace the feat by indigenous stockman Hezekial Malbunka when he saved the life of missionary administrator Carl Strehlow in 1922. Ord suffered a painful muscular condition called tetany. Ord said: It was the most painful thing I have ever been through. The tetany attack was due to a lack of calcium and potassium in his body. Ord, from Victoria, said: It just goes to show how incredible the feat of Hezekial Malbunka actually was. He ran to Alice and back and we only got 90km into the first leg. We had all the supplies and did all the right things. And this happened. And he only had two drinks of water the whole way. Ord knew something was seriously wrong when the pain became indescribable. He said: I was sore from the hips down. It was an intense pain. I knew I was in trouble when my arms and hands went numb. Then my lips went numb also. I had to lie down and when I did the numbness spread all over my body. I became so rigid I couldnt move or bend any of my limbs. Lisa decided to take me to hospital. The hour-long drive to Alice Springs Hospital will be something Ord will never forget. He said: I was getting force-fed and trying to stay conscious. An hour after arriving at hospital Ord was fine and in good spirits. He said: It was a weird feeling. On Sunday the pair returned to the route and Tamati finished the run. Ord said: Charlie Maher came out and ran the last 20km and I ran another 20km on the Sunday. Lisa had a similar episode a few years ago and now I know to have a full medical before my next run.